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Uhuru-Raila unity deal in vain if historical land injustices not addressed: Kingi.

figure By CHARLES LWANGAbr Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi says the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his party leader Raila Odinga will have no impact if historical land injustices will not be addressed.Mr Kingi said Coast residents are still fighting for land justice more than 50 years after Kenya attained independence from British colonial rule.

Speaking at Karisa Maitha Grounds in Kilifi during the Madaraka Day celebrations attended by County Commissioner Magu Mutindika, the governor said it is time the handshake between the two leaders addressed those historical land issues and ended the squatter problem in the Coast.The handshake is one step which is supposed to bring justice to Coast people.

Otherwise, there will always be a handshake after another with no justice. There is no reconciliation without justice.

I call upon President Kenyatta to bring back our lands, he said.The governor narrated the history of the Coast region when it was under the Sultan of Zanzibar and was merged with Kenya on October 8, 1963."By 1977, the White Highlands were recovered from the British and given to Africans but the same did not happen in the Coast region which was ruled by Sultan of Zanzibar.

The land that initially belonged to Arabs under the regime of Sultan of Zanzibar was not given to the indigenous people and thats why we have always remained squatters, Mr Kingi said.The need to address the contentious land issue was also raised by Kilifi North MP Owen Baya who asked Mr Kenyatta and Mr Odinga to ensure resident get title deeds for their land.

Mr Baya urged President Kenyatta to implement the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commissions report.The president has openly said the issue of handshake is only about national healing and has nothing to do with 2022 politics, his efforts to heal the nation should also be extended towards the fight against tribalism that has bedevilled the nation, he said.

Other leaders who attended the Madaraka Day fete included Kilifi Woman Rep Gertrude Mbeyu, Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga and Magarini MP Michael Kingi.

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Publication:Daily Nation, Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Jun 2, 2018
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